SUNDERLAND signing Ki Sung-Yeung says he is looking forward to putting his box-to-box skills at Sunderland’s disposal this season.
The 24-year-old has joined the Black Cats on a season-long loan from Swansea to take on the crucial job of providing midfield drive and distribution.
It was the position Paolo Di Canio described as his top priority in the closing stages of the transfer window, and the Italian has spoken glowingly of the quality he believes he can conjure from the South Korean.
That’s something which also enthuses former Celtic star Ki, who said: “I’m very pleased to join Sunderland and also I heard a lot of good things about them, so I’m looking forward to playing football with them.
“I know that the manager has done interviews in which he has said good things about me, which gives me a lot of confidence.
“When I was a kid, I saw him playing and I’m really looking forward to working with him as a manager of this team.”
Ki believes that the qualities Di Canio was looking for exactly the ones that he can provide – especially retaining possession and using the ball well.
“This is maybe a nice strength – to keep the ball and pass the ball to our forwards,” he smiled.
“Sometimes I join in the attack, but it doesn’t matter to me – I can go from defensive to offensive – I can do both, so I have a lot of confidence with that.”
Ki is likely to make his debut in next Saturday’s home Premier League game against Arsenal, when the Gunners are expected to field £42.5m signing Mesut Ozil, with the attacking midfielder snapped up from Real Madrid on deadline day.
“I think the first game is very important for me and for the team as well,” mused Ki, who had fallen down the pecking order at Swansea prior to joining Sunderland.
“I played many games last season and sometimes I felt tired, but I did well last season, I thought.
“We won the cup and did well in the league and I wanted to show my quality to the people, but I didn’t get the chance this season to show my quality.
“So I’ve had to move to a club that wants me to show my quality.
“Always there’s pressure on the new boys, but I have to stay calm and show what I can do.
“The reason I have moved here is to play for Sunderland, show my quality and hopefully score goals. I really want to enjoy it.”